Classic car week at Monterey is one of the biggest events in the industry and for good reason. During car week, spectators, classic car enthusiasts and industry professionals alike are able to enjoy all things classic cars. Buying cars? There’s plenty of choice. Selling cars- you can do that too. Interested in classic cars? Visit the world renowned race track at Laguna Seca. For those who love Porsches the Werks Reunion and The Porsche Monterey Classic are worth a visit.
The Werks Reunion will be taking place on the 13th of August, 2021 on the beautiful Bayonet Golf Course.. This annual event, organized by the Porsche Club of America is already a fan favorite and features a dizzying array of Porsches from vintage to modern day models. At this event, you can display your classic Porsche at the Porsche Corral among others in its model type or you can choose to have your car enter competition at the Porsche Judge Field in the hopes of bringing home a trophy. Membership to the club is not required to enter your Porsche in either category.
The Porsche Monterey Classic, held during car week, was created to foster community and camaraderie among Porsche enthusiasts and to showcase popular models such as the 911’s. Of course we can’t talk about Porsches without talking about the 911’s, a model so popular that it’s still in existence today, some fifty-eight years after the originals rolled out of factories.
A Brief History Of The 911’s ( 1963-1998)
The 911 model is considered by many to be the quintessential Porsche . Stylish, powerful , sporty yet elegant, the 911 is arguably one of the best sports cars ever made ( some might even say the best). The car was designed by ‘Butzi’ Porsche, and made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 1963.
The first models were available as coupes and arrived in America in 1965 .Two years later, in 1967, the 911 was available in one of three configurations. The base 911, the 911 T or the top of the line 911S (the ‘souped up’ version of the coupe).
The car was available in a dizzying array of exterior colors and interior finishes and so, no two models need ever be alike. Some features of the early 911’s include its signature air cooled six cylinder engine, unitary design (which means no separate chassis) and automatic or manual transmission. These early models, more specifically the ‘air cooled’ models are collectible classic cars and so we’ll be discussing a brief history of the early models down below.
Porsche 911 (1963-1973) 2 Litre
The 911 debuted in Frankfurt Germany in 1963 but work on the car started in 1959. The new car’s shape was influenced by the 356 but the similarities ended there. The 911 was more powerful, offered better performance and was more comfortable than its predecessor. Originally known as the 901 the car was rebranded as the 911.. The car was a great success with the public from the beginning, the early 911’s did not escape criticism due to its tendency to oversteer and to become unstable at high speeds. Porsche handled the criticism well and by 1969 improvements were made to the steering and handling of the car. These improvements continued with each new model. As a result, the early 911’s are highly desirable collectors cars in today’s market.
Second Generation /G Series (1973-1989) 2.7 Litre
By 1973 American safety legislation resulted in changes to the G Series 911’s . These modifications included the fitting of bumpers into the bodywork of the car and the addition of the ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler. As a result, the car looked different from the first generation 911’s. Porsche continued to improve the 911 throughout the 70’s which ensured a better driving experience for customers.
Porsche ‘964’ 911 (1989-1994)
At this point in its history the 911 was already a legend , The Porsche of Porsches. The industry leaders at Porsche were wise enough not to mess with a good thing. They wanted the 964 to retain the classic shape of the 911,while continually improving and perfecting the car. They largely succeeded. Despite its new molded bumpers ,retractable rear spoiler and streamlined body the 964 was still distinctly a 911 . The 964 was available in three body styles- Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet. In 1989 Porsche launched the Carrera 4 to celebrate its 25th anniversary . Another big change for model year 1988 was the introduction of the 4 spd semi automatic tiptronic gearbox. The Carrera 4 was the first production ready 4 wheel drive making it the first truly ‘driveable’ Porsche. Drivable for the average man who had no ambitions of being a race car driver.
Porsche 993 (1995-1998)
The last of the ‘air cooled’ Porsches, the 993 was the first truly new 911 since the original rolled out of factorie. Once again, sticking to tradition, the 993 retained the classic 911 shape paired with the best technology available at the time. These 911 models sported the new 6 spd transmission with the 4 spd tiptronic gearbox. For model year 1996 Porsche introduced the Vario Cam Induction System which greatly improved performance.
Improvements to the interior of the 993 included electronically controlled and heated seats.
The 993 could be ordered as a coupe or cabriolet. A rear wheel drive or the all wheel drive Carrera 4.he closing of model year 1998 was a significant milestone in the history of the company. 50 years of air cooled technology (1948-1998) had come to a close.
If you love Porsches and you love classic cars do visit Monterey during Classic Car Week. You won’t regret it.
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